MARTIN, LOUIS GAIL, Corporal, # 15325990, USAAF


Louis G. Martin was born on 11 May 1924 in Henry Co., Kentucky, to Orlando “Lan” Gail Martin (1891-1960) and Emma (James) Martin (1895-1959). Siblings included Kathryn M. (Martin) Waddell (1915-1971), John Paul Martin (1917-1991), Lois Gail (Martin) Way (1924-1976), and half-brother Louis Paul Martin (1947-2003).


After enlisting in the USAAF, he trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-25 Mitchell and earned his crewman wings. He was trained as a gunner. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force and India. On 9 February 1945, a B-25J, “Nina,” # 44-28788, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a bombing mission of Kel-His-Mansam. It was seen by 2ndLt John A. Pennington, 0-718926, 2ndLt Duane H. Troup, 0-777270, and Cpl Robert F. Bishop, 42090299, to hit a tree or trees during its bomb run and crash at 1315 hours at coordinates 21º 56’ North & 97º 49’ East (Kehsi, Mansam, Burma). Cpl. Bishop reported that he was tail gunner on #795 when # 788, the lead B-25, crashed. They were circling and waited for # 788 to make his last bomb run. He watched the B-25 come in at about 1,000’ AGL and descend to about 100-200’. He released 2 bombs, then his right wing hit a high tree on a small hill about 100 yards from the target. Part of the wing separated and the B-25 flipped over on its back and hit the ground and exploded. This was confirmed by the other witnesses. After recovery of the remains of the crew (Evenson, Hohner, Kenner, McJury, Martin & Reno), all were buried in a common grave at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 21 August 1950 (Sec. 84, Grave 194).


His brother, John P. Martin, born 6 October 1917, served in the U.S. Army, a Sergeant, from 12 April 1941 to 4 October 1945. He died on 8 March 1991 and is buried in the Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, Kentucky.


His son (half-sibling?), Louis P. Martin, born 11 October 1947, served in the U.S. Army from 22 October 1968 to 18 March 1969 (Vietnam War). He died on 12 January 2003 and is buried in the Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, Kentucky.